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My Daughter Had Her First Piano Recital Last Night

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Well I survived the holiday party (including a huge potluck of snacks/cookies, etc.) as well as the after refreshments at my daughter's first piano recital.

Of course I had to bring home 2 dozen cookies of various varieties that others made as well as the extras of the ones I made but kept at home. I will not let them get the best of me and I only snacked on veggies/fruit at both events yesterday.

My daughter's piano recital went so well. She was very nervous (of course) but did fantastic and we are so proud of her. I was NOT worried about her piano playing, but was worried about her getting angry with herself if she messed up (she's my little Miss Perfectionist, LOL) but she gave me no reason for worry and was very mature and poised. emoticon

She enjoys it so much and I am so happy that she has so many outlets that she enjoys doing. Now if I could find the same for my son!

Our holiday homeschool party was a HUGE success! I have never seen so many people at one of our homeschool events in my life. emoticon It was wall to wall people and chaos all around, but I think everyone had a great time.

As time as it was over and I helped clean up it was time to go and get dinner before we had my daughter's piano recital, so a very long day for us.

I was so busy getting my cookies, schooling, housework, etc. done before the party that I wasn't able to even open a box we got delivered, but finally got around to opening it late last night and it was my son's only Christmas gift that I ordered recently on line! emoticon

I still have some shopping to do today, but I am relieved that the large gift is behind me and I don't have to search all over the world for a good price on it.


Temptations All Around Me Today

Friday, December 09, 2011

Today is going to be fun but at the same time a challenge. We have a homeschool group holiday party today (3 hours or more) and everyone is bringing 3 dozen cookies for a cookie exchange and also for snacks. I normally am not a very big sweets eater, although I do eat them at times, but the tell-tell signs of mother nature are showing her presence. I didn't sleep well last night, I feel lethargic, and those cookies (and anything fattening) will be calling my name. There will be plenty of other fattening items there as well so I'm going to have to put my mental reminders on and remember the motto "A moment on the lips, an inch on the hips" or whatever the correct version is, LOL.

I plan to make no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies as well as soft ginger cookies and boy will be hard to resist the smells. emoticon emoticon I will be good and reward myself with some extra Greek yogurt with almonds mixed in today if the cravings get too bad or maybe a few of my Godiva chocolates that I save up for just these type of emergencies.

It's good to be prepared for sure. emoticon After the party we'll have time for a quick dinner and then we have my daughter's first piano recital to attend at her teacher's church. My daughter is very nervous, but I am hopeful that her nerves won't get the best of her and I believe these type of activities (performing in front of others) is a good experience for her.

Of course there will be refreshments served afterwards (sigh......) so temptation will be starting me in the face all day. My husband tells me that I can afford to eat a little extra, but I am always afraid that if I go too far off the course I will lose control eventually as I have in the past and end up gaining weight back.

That's not to say that I don't occasionally splurge, because I do. I am just very aware of how hard it was to lose the approximately 50 pounds this go around and I don't want to slip back into bad habits again.

I shopped yesterday at Harris Teeter and Bi-Lo (both stores double coupons) and got some great deals for my family. I only shop for items that are on sale and that I have a coupon for, and of course are items that my family will use/eat.

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INFLATED 12/9/2011 4:11PM

    I use gum and TicTacs. I am glad I read this blog, I am out of both and will put them on the grocery list.

I hope you have a great evening. You ought to celebrate after the recital too, even if your daughter makes a mistake. Our home and family are the refuge from the ills this world throws at us.

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KISSFAN1 12/9/2011 9:32AM

    Thanks Sara, I will definitely be good, but it won't be easy like it normally is around those type of foods. That's funny about the sugarless gum, because I use that often when I want something sweet but don't want a lot of calories. emoticon

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SARALEIGHM 12/9/2011 8:05AM

    That's a lot of temptation for one day! Just keep reminding yourself of all the weight that's gone and is going to stay gone. Take some sugarless gum with you and chew a piece when you get the urge to go beyond one or two cookies.

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Wow, Me A Spark People Motivator?

Thursday, December 08, 2011

I got the biggest surprise yesterday in my email from Spark People. It basically told me that I had enough votes to be nominated as a motivator based on my Spark Page! I had no idea there was even such an award and I am deeply shocked and touched!

I see so many people on this site who are such inspirations so I am shocked to be given such an award, but wanted to thank all of you who "voted" for me. emoticon emoticon

This site has been invaluable to me and has helped me so much! I know when it comes down to the brass tacks in a situation, we have to actually do the work, weight loss, ourselves. No one can do it for us, but the support from others and the wonderful site like Spark People, make it so much easier when you decide to do that hard work of changing your life, your health, and your weight.

My life has changed for the better since I first heard about this site on an online Amazon board where I was reading about the Wii Walk It Out reviews. Someone said that they had the exercise part down (Wii Walk it Out) but needed a recommendation for the "diet" part of it. That's where I found this site first mentioned and I immediately checked it out.

I was so happy it was free and my top priority, a great nutrition/calorie counter, was also included. I knew I had to learn to count my calories, but was too lazy to do it on paper and wanted an online version that was easier to do and would be something I could stick with. Spark People fit the bill and has been a wonderful addition to this weight loss journey, and now maintenance journey.

I have finally come to the conclusion in my life that I must make this a lifetime commitment, and not just lose the weight and go back to my same old habits of emotional eating. It was so hard in the beginning because I was dealing with a lot of childhood/adulthood emotional family issues, but have come such a long way since joining here.

Blogging my feelings has helped me so much, and although I may have said things I probably shouldn't have in a public forum, it has helped me to accomplish my goal weight and get below that goal weight. It really does begin in your mind and flows down to your mouth (what you eat) and your feet (exercise). It's so simple, but a challenge to get to that place, but I am proof it can be done!

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KISSFAN1 12/8/2011 9:59PM

    Inflated - Thanks for sharing how you found out about Spark People. I agree that veggies and fruits do help out a lot in the weight loss journey. I eat far more veggies than I ever have since joining and finally seeing that I didn't eat enough of them.

Thank you so much for the compliment, I appreciate that!

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INFLATED 12/8/2011 4:08PM

    Congratulations and you said it very well.

I was in a group of women that posted what they did as far as housework each day on Yahoo when I heard them talking about Spark People. Most had quit being active here and had regained weight.

I needed to lose, joined and lost 40 and like I always do, I stopped to binge and by the time I came back had regained the 40 pounds plus.

I think if I had an outlet like having money to do the grocery shopping, it would be better for me. My husband and son control what is bought and it is difficult for me to find nutritious food every day in our house.

The weight loss this time is much, much slower due to not having fruit and vegetables on hand.

You are an awesome Mom and wife!

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Organizing & Doing Things Around The House While It Rains

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Today is a messy, rainy day, but at least it's not a freezing rain. The high today is supposed to be in the 60's, but it's supposed to turn into a high of 40's in a few days. It is so frustrating as we can't put up our spring/summer clothing yet due to the weather fluctuations.

I finally got the decorations put on my Christmas tree, which is good because I was feeling guilty about it, LOL.

I'm still trying to organize the house somewhat as I get free time and it's finally getting easier to find things. I hate looking endlessly for something that I know I have but can't find. My husband has even got into the decluttering and is trying to declutter all his electrical "stuff".

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KISSFAN1 12/7/2011 2:30PM

    You are sure are correct about that! It seems to be a never-ending thing around my house. I try to sell items to make more room, but it seems something we already own goes in that place and while there's less stuff, there's still not lots of room, LOL.

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INFLATED 12/7/2011 1:42PM

    I get great satisfaction out of organizing. It is an ongoing thing to do since new stuff comes in like groceries, new clothes, the mail, coupons, etc.

I like rainy days to deal with paperwork.

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GONEWLIFE 12/7/2011 11:29AM

    Good job !

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Nice To Have a Day at Home

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

It felt so good to finally have a day at home and not go anywhere, although it seems I didn't get much accomplished other than schooling the kids, some cleaning, and laundry. A lot of my time was taken up by getting some homeschool group stuff taken care of (finally, LOL), searching online for a Christmas gift, etc.

I FINALLY found a good deal on my son's Christmas gift and it is supposed to be here in 2-3 days (I ordered online). I'm crossing my fingers that it's not cancelled or damaged as that is the only thing (other than a few very small things) that I have him so far.

The cool thing was no tax or shipping charges were involved and I at least got something free with it that I wouldn't if I bought it locally. I just checked and it has shipped out already, so if it gets here in one piece with no issues, I will have a huge load off my shoulders finding a deal locally.

We finally got a little Christmas decorating done as well although we're not completely done. I got all the containers out of the shed and organized them so things were easier to find this go around and hopefully next year as well.

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